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Title: Military Diploma, A.D. 209 Author: Septimius Severus, Emperor of Rome 193-212 Subject: An honorable discharge is granted to sailor who has served 28 years in the fleet based at Misenum. The text is dated in the consulships of Aurellius Commodus Pompeianus, a grandson of the emperor Marcus Aurelius and Avitus (his second consulship), probably L. Hedius Rufus Lollianus Avitus. The Prefect of the Fleet is Claudius Diognetus. Material: Bronze tablet incised. Description: Originally 18.5 c. high and 14.5 cm. wide and ranging in thickness from 1.5 to 2.5 mm. The tablet is now missing its lower left-hand corner. One large fragment and a smaller one which joins at the left middle of the tablet. Inscribed on both surfaces with a partial copy on the interior surface; both surfaces have suffered abrasion and most of the inner text is not readable. The outer surface is readable for the most part where extant, but has suffered damage in the lower part. Descriptive database available in repository. Acquired by purchase for the Special Collections Library in 1972. Publication: John F. Oates, "A Sailor's Discharge and the Consuls of A.D. 209," Phoenix 30 (1976) 282-287. See also M. Roxan, Roman Military Diplomas 1954-1977 (London 1978) no. 73. Descriptive database available in repository.
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